COSHOCTON -- Entries for the Fourteenth Annual "Big Tree Contest" are now being taken. This contest is sponsored by the Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District. It is open to all species of trees growing on privately owned property in Coshocton County. Property line trees and trees growing on federal, state, or local government owned land are not eligible. Any person can enter a tree physically located in Coshocton County whether or not the tree is growing on the nominator's property.

The Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District encourages you to submit as many entries as you like for you or your neighbors' trees. Entry forms are available at the Coshocton SWCD office in the County Services Building on 7th Street or at All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27. Entries will be measured by a representative from the Coshocton SWCD using the national standardized measurement criteria.

The owner of the 2012 Coshocton County "Big Tree" will receive two complimentary banquet tickets and a plaque at Coshocton SWCD's 70th annual Meeting and Banquet on Oct. 18 at the Career Center. Contact the SWCD office at 622-8087, ext. 4, visit, or stop by the office in the County Services Building on 7th Street for an entry form or for information.